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FEB 27 - MAR 27, 2022

Best enjoyed by Ages 7 and up

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A Children’s Theatre Company Original World Premiere Production

Friendships challenged, a world changed, and two young people trying to make sense of it together.

Josh and Emma are best friends and neighbors. They love jumping on the trampoline and joking with Emma’s uncle Manny. But something has happened in their town.

When a Black man is killed by a police officer, Emma and Josh have questions—lots of questions about what happened, and why. Josh is afraid for his brother Malcolm who has gone out to protest and Emma is concerned about her Uncle Manny, who is a police officer. With so much going on, Josh and Emma don’t know how to keep their friendship from being pulled apart.

Layered with compassion and humor, this new play invites you into the living rooms of these two families (one Black and one White) as they wrestle with how to help their children make sense of what happened. As we watch Josh and Emma try to come together to find answers, we can come together as a community and find our way to better understanding each other.

Written by Cheryl L. West
Directed by Timothy Douglas

Based on the book Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP; Marietta Collins, PhD; Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP


  • Run time

    90 Minutes (no intermission)

  • Best enjoyed by

    Ages 7 and up

  • Stage

    UnitedHealth Group Stage

  • Lap Passes

    Available for children 3 years and younger

Cheryl West

“In a time of reckoning in our country, this work is a call to action, to facilitate the much-needed discussion about inclusion, compassion, and what it really means to be peace makers in our homes, schools, and communities. Hopefully, this story will move us one step closer to healing our racial divide.”

– Playwright Cheryl L. West


Audience Resources

Audience photo by Dan Norman at Children's Theatre Company

Digital Program

Articles, conversation starters, and activities for both before and after you see the show!

Check it out



ASL-interpreted, audio-described, and sensory friendly performance are available on select dates.


Children's Theatre Company and Minneapolis Institute of Art building

COVID-19 Safety

At CTC, the safety of our patrons, students, artists, and staff is our highest priority.


Post-Show Conversations

Join us after every performance for a conversion with special guests and audience members.


Something Happened in Our Town: From Page to Stage

CTC has partnered with WCCO-TV to create an exclusive, behind-the-curtain sneak peek into the creation of the play! This five-part series is the perfect way to learn more about the show. 


Animated Reading

CTC’s animated reading of the book can help your family prepare to see the show! Watch together, and check out the additional resources provided.


Children's Theatre Company and Minneapolis Institute of Art building

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Something Happened in Our Town

FEB 27 - MAR 27, 2022

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